Sunday, July 31, 2011

TCM Summer of the Stars Takes us on a Road Trip | 2011 Schedule

This year TCM will take us on an All-American road trip for Summer of the Stars 2011. The artist uses nostalgic images from days when The American Automobile ruled the highways! We get to “tune into” SUTS by means of a dashboard with great radio dials to select “channels” for each day of the month. Conveniently placed road signs and neon drive in signs also help us navigate through SUTS.

Each daily featured star is represented on a wonderful flash infographic as a star on the US road map. Click on the star to find this theme continued with collage illustrations of fictional locations and movie scenes from the classic films of each SUTS star. For example, click through John Garfield’s star on the map  (Aug 5) to find him standing in front of the artist’s rendering of Twin-Oaks diner from The Postman Always Rings Twice.  Long, Long Trailer (Aug 6) was another perfect movie feature for the theme with Lucille Ball hanging out the back window of her camper.

In my opinion this is one of most fun themes created for SUTS. With the current gas prices and an economy threatening the American dream this theme is just in time for our longing for days gone by. Be sure to follow @TCManiacs for #SUTS fun facts.

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